Saturday 24 March 2018

'We won't give up hope' - Search continues for missing Shane (24)

Duleek village
Duleek village

Sasha Brady

The search is continuing for Shane Rock who has been missing since last Friday.

An extensive search for the 24-year-old who was last seen in Duleek, Co. Meath on August 4, has failed to turn up any clues.

"We've found nothing, not a thing," his mother Majella O'Dwyer told

"We've got a good few possible sightings but the gardai investigated them all and nothing has come of them."

The last known sighting of Shane was around 8.50am last Friday.

Ms O'Dwyer said her son left a note.

"He hasn't been well for a while, he has a mental health issue. It got worse the past few weeks because he hasn't been taking his medication," said Ms O'Dwyer.

"He had been in hospital but was released on Wednesday on the condition that he'd continue to take his medication but he didn't. He stopped."

His sister Shauna (21) has been left "distraught" by her brother's disappearance.

"Shauna would do anything for him. She'd been talking to him the week before he left and asked him if he'd like to go fishing with her and her boyfriend. He enjoyed fishing," said Ms O'Dwyer.

"His phone hadn't been working in the weeks before he left so Shauna got him a new one. When he went missing we initially thought he'd gone to her house to collect the new phone."

Shane, who is originally from Swords in Dublin, had been living with his aunt in Duleek for the past two years.

He had just completed a college course in healthcare studies in June and his mother said he had been pleased with his exam results.

He is described as 5'9'', of slim build with brown hair and blue eyes.

Ms O'Dwyer said he has no phone or money with him.

Searches have been carried out around Duleek village and Swords. The searches have been co-ordinated by the Meath Civil Defence and the gardai.

Ms O'Dwyer said she has been "overwhelmed" by the support of the volunteers.

"People have been out searching night and day. They've been amazing. We won't give up hope."



Gardai have confirmed to that the remains of Shane Rock have been found.

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